Fire Shelter and Personal Protective Equipment Subcommittee

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Mission Statement

The Fire Shelter and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Subcommittee (FSPPES) provides interagency leadership and oversight in all areas of fire shelter and PPE program management.

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  • Provide input to the National Training and Development Program (NTDP) regarding fire shelter and PPE specifications.
  • Support continuous improvement of fire shelters and PPE programs.
  • Assist with the development of fire shelter and PPE training.
  • Coordinate with NTDP and other pertinent entities to accomplish the subcommittee’s mission.
  • Communicate pertinent fire shelter and PPE information effectively.

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A comprehensive five year Fire Shelter Review was completed in May, 2019. The results determined retaining the use of the current fire shelter. The study indicated that the current fire shelter continues to provide the most practical amount of protection given the tradeoffs of weight, volume (bulk), durability, and material toxicity.

Fire Shelter Deployments: Stories and Common Insights" is a program developed by the US Forest Service Missoula Technology and Development Center (MTDC) that will help you understand what you may experience in a fire shelter deployment.

Watch videos featuring fire shelter deployment stories including:

Watch videos featuring common insights for the following topics:

Equipment reports looking into fire shelters and their use during the past few years are contained within many accident reviews and reports. These can be found at the Incident Reviews page of the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center website.  Specific reports are linked in the document below.

Fire Shelter (M-2002) Deployment Statistics Through 2020


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